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So when Eliot wrote, 'April is the cruellest month,' he'd clearly had a few, because everyone knows that April ain't got nothing on January, ol' damp, dark, mean-spirited January, when we're all fat and poor and pasty and collectively coming down with a nasty cold. What January calls for is a nice glass of red wine by the fire, or a swig of sloe gin on a frosty walk, or a cheerful pint of cider after a hard day's graft.

But not this year. Because this year, having failed to grow a moustache for Movember, I'm throwing myself into the inaugural Cancer Research Dryathlon. For the first time in my adult life I'm going a full calendar month without alcohol. Not a sip. Not a snifter. Not a cheeky body-shot. And I'm counting on you, generous friends,  to make it worth my bloody while.

So instead of buying me a drink, I’d like you to donate a few quid. Every pound helps Cancer Research UK bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. I’ll be donating my drinking money and if I happen to slip off the wagon, I’ll chuck in an extra £15 to make up for it. Cheers. The Dryathlete’s Oath I promise that I shall take part in Dryathlon™, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern it, committing myself to a month without alcohol, in the true spirit of do-gooding, for the glory of Dryathletes and the honour of Cancer Research UK.

Cheers! Erm, I mean, thanks. Oh hell.

Raising money for

Cancer Research UK

Cancer Research UK

Charity Registration No. in England and Wales 1089464, Scotland SC041666

Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We are fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it to save more lives. We are entirely funded by the public. With your help, we can ensure more people beat cancer.

Donations 23

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Donation by Jonathan Mayes on 02/03/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done. (A donation from a colleague)

Donation by Richard Gladden on 14/02/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Nice work lady! Sorry it's so darned late.

Donation by Zoe Robinson on 11/02/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Congratulations, pro dryathletics! x

Donation by Grace Kimble on 06/02/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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congrats lady!

Donation by H Schroeder on 05/02/13

£10.00

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Hi- just to add a bit to your January effort! Mumx

Donation by SHIRLEY GLADDEN on 05/02/13

£10.00

Donation by Sophie Crocker on 05/02/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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better late than never!! well done miss tara. you are an inspiration in so very many ways. xxxx

Donation by Hannah Battershell on 31/01/13

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

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Congrats! Here's to the next Fit Uncles session and trip to the pub after xx

Donation by Alice Phillimore on 31/01/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Not long now: go Tara!

Donation by julia harrison on 30/01/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Well done you! Not long now! xxx

Donation by Richard Gladden on 28/01/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Great work, Tara. Really been enjoying your updates!

Donation by Gregor MacGregor on 25/01/13

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

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Well done for your motivation and entertainment!! A worthy experiment! X

Donation by Rachel Askew on 24/01/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Happy Dryathleting x

Donation by Hollie Posthill on 16/01/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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nearly halfway there! (both to donation target and to Feb 1st) :)

Donation by Alexandra Rannik on 15/01/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Go Tara!

Donation by Jill Guest x on 10/01/13

£20.00

Donation by Anonymous on 08/01/13

£20.00

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Good luck!

Donation by Meera Rabindra on 29/12/12

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Gayathri Nolan on 12/12/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Donation by o! on 11/12/12

$16.05

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I'm only doing this because "lovely, warming booze" sounds like something from Mark Corrigan's inner monologue.

Donation by Lee Crawfurd on 10/12/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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good luck Tara!

Donation by Melina Papadopoulou on 10/12/12

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What a great cause and an original way to raise money for it! Much harder than climbing a mountain....Good luck! x

Donation by Rebecca Cure on 10/12/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£309.97
  • Offline donations£300.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£609.97
  • Gift Aid£55.00

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